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Getting around by air

  • Argentina has direct flights between North America, the UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa, and from nearly all South American countries. You can also fly to a neighboring country, such as Brazil or Chile, and continue overland to Argentina.
  • If you plan to enter Argentina and fly directly to the provinces, be sure that your tickets are booked for the same airport. Otherwise, plan sufficient time between flights, calculating 40 minutes to two hours to drive or shuttle between airports.

Airports & Airlines

  • Most international flights arrive at Buenos Aires’ Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, which is a 40- to 60-minute shuttle-bus or taxi ride out of town (35km).
  • Close to downtown Buenos Aires is Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery, which handles mostly domestic flights but also a few international ones from neighboring countries.
  • There are several other international airports around Argentina. Basic information on most Argentine airports can be found online at Aeropuertos Argentina 2000 (www.aa2000.com.ar).
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas is the national carrier and has a decent international reputation.

Arrival Tips: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)

  • Citizens from Canada pay a 'reciprocity fee' (tasa de reciprocidad) before flying into Argentina.
  • If you want to change money at Ezeiza, note that the cambios (exchange houses) there generally offer poor rates. Better rates are found at the local bank branch; after exiting customs into the reception hall, make a U-turn to the right to find Banco de la Nación’s small office. Its also has an ATM and is open 24 hours, though long lines are common. There are other ATMs at Ezeiza, too, all of which offer the official exchange rate.
  • There’s a tourist-information booth just beyond the city's 'Taxi Ezeiza' stand.
  • Shuttle buses and taxis frequently run from Ezeiza to the center. If you have a connecting regional flight through a different airport, check with the airline to see if your ticket includes the shuttle between airports.
  • When flying out of Ezeiza, get there at least two to three hours before your international flight. Security and immigration lines can be long, and be aware that traffic is often bad getting to Ezeiza – it can take an hour or more to go the 35km from downtown Buenos Aires.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.